Scottish National Day – 30 November

Post written by Kate Robinson
Scotland’s national day, otherwise known as St Andrew’s Day is held on the 30 November every year and it is celebrated by Scots not only in Scotland, but all over the world. Who is Saint Andrew? Well, St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and his name means strong. He was a fisherman and one of the disciples of Jesus. The Scots chose him as their patron saint because of his strong character and connections with Saint Peter, founder of the church. For many years St Andrew has been an inspiration and guide to Scots as famous as William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, and he is still remembered today.
So that is how he became the patron saint of Scotland. But what happens on St Andrew’s Day? This is actually one of my favourite days of the year in this country. It is a day when everyone celebrates all things Scottish by eating the traditional dish which consists of Haggis, neeps and tatties; listening to traditional Scottish music played on the bagpipes; and finally enjoying a ceilidh which is a group dance usually to live music. If you have never visited Scotland, this is one of the best opportunities to get an insight into the culture. You could book low cost flights to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland and experience this event in the city. There are celebrations at Edinburgh Castle, in pubs and most of the tourist attractions are free on this day.

Flights to Edinburgh Bagpiper
Flights to Edinburgh Bagpiper
Getting to Edinburgh from other cities is easy with airlines such as British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet, and many other standard companies operate routes to Edinburgh International Airport. Spending St Andrew’s Day in the capital is a great experience and an even better excuse to set off and discover the Highlands, as well as other cities such as Glasgow, Aberdeen, Perth and Dundee. Getting to Edinburgh from other cities is easy with airlines such as British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet, and many other standard companies operate routes to Edinburgh International Airport. Spending St Andrew’s Day in the capital is a great experience and an even better excuse to set off and discover the Highlands, as well as other cities such as Glasgow, Aberdeen, Perth and Dundee.

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